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EE Times: EDA pins hope on open-source efforts to control costs

Jun 21, 2001, 23:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Santarini)

From the world of design automation: Bruce Perens urges the EDA community to solve interoperability issues by adopting Linux and other open-source technologies. Meanwhile, Greg Spirakis, director of design technology at Intel Corp., tells how Intel saved $24.4 million by scrapping UNIX and instead implemented Linux on 700 machines performing logic simulation:

"Meanwhile, panelist Greg Spirakis, director of design technology at Intel Corp., demonstrated how Intel reduced the costs of running verification (workstation utilization on 700 machines) by adopting Linux. According to Spirakis, logic simulation in his group consumed 80 percent of his group's compute time and cost $30 million. He reported that costs to run the 700 workstations running on Linux now cost $5.6 million, while the move provided a 2x performance increase over the Unix system."

'But on the bad side, it took us a whole month to port to Linux,' jested Spirakis, who said that the company is overjoyed in the $24.4 million savings and 2x performance improvement that came from the adoption of Linux — the product of an open-source effort."

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